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The Burn Journals

Written by Brent Runyon


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 11, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9642-8 (1-4000-9642-1)

Brent Runyon was 14 years old when he set himself on fire.

This is a true story.

In The Burn Journals, Runyon describes that devastating suicide attempt and his recovery over the following year. He takes us into the Burn Unit in a children’s hospital and through painful burn care and skin-grafting... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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When No One Understands
Letters to a Teenager on Life, Loss, and the Hard Road to Adulthood
Written by Brad Sachs


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Trumpeter
On Sale: January 30, 2007
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-59030-407-5 (1-59030-407-1)

When Dr. Sachs first met Amanda she was a troubled and self-destructive teen who refused to speak during her therapy sessions. Determined to connect, Sachs tried something unconventional: he wrote letters to Amanda between sessions and invited her to write back. A remarkable correspondence gradually grew between them, one that built... Read more >

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Learned Optimism
How to Change Your Mind and Your Life
Written by Martin E. Seligman


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 3, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7839-4 (1-4000-7839-3)

Known as the father of the new science of positive psychology, Martin E.P. Seligman draws on more than twenty years of clinical research to demonstrate how optimism enchances the quality of life, and how anyone can learn to practice it. Offering many simple techniques, Dr. Seligman explains how to break an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Out of Her Mind
Women Writing on Madness
Written by Rebecca Shannonhouse


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 4, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75502-6 (0-375-75502-0)

This anthology contains the most affecting, finely wrought essays, memoirs, and fiction by women writing on madness. Some of the selections are literary classics, such as the excerpt from Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar while some are taken from contemporary works such as Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted. Several of the essays... Read more >

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Delivering Doctor Amelia
The Story of a Gifted Young Obstetrician's Error and the Psychologist Who Helped Her
Written by Dan Shapiro


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3257-0 (1-4000-3257-1)

Doctor Dan Shapiro, a writer and psychologist, takes us on a mesmerizing personal journey into his treatment of a brilliant young obstetrician.

Doctors in our society are often viewed as omnipotent, highly trained professionals who do not make mistakes, but they are, after all, still human. In Delivering Doctor Amelia, Dan Shapiro... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Optimism Bias
A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain
Written by Tali Sharot


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47351-6 (0-307-47351-1)

Psychologists have long been aware that most people maintain an irrationally positive outlook on life. Tali Sharot—one of the most innovative neuroscientists at work today—takes this a step further. Optimism, she shows, may in fact be crucial to our existence.

In this absorbing exploration, Sharot takes an in-depth, clarifying look at

•... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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How You Can Survive When They're Depressed
Living and Coping with Depression Fallout
Written by Anne Sheffield
Foreword by Mike Wallace
Introduction by Donald F. Klein, M.D.


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: May 18, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-80415-5 (0-609-80415-4)

Each year more than 17 million Americans suffer from a depressive illness, yet few suffer in solitude. How You Can Survive When They're Depressed explores depression from the perspective of those who are closest to the sufferers of this prevalent disorder--spouses, parents, children, and lovers--and gives the successful coping strategies of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Welcome to My Country

Written by Lauren Slater


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 14, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48739-9 (0-385-48739-8)

Lauren Slater, a brilliant writer who is a young therapist, takes us on a mesmerizing personal and professional journey in this remarkable memoir about her work with mental and emotional illness. The territory of the mind and of madness can seem a foreign, even frightening place-until you read Welcome to My... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Darkness Visible
A Memoir of Madness
Written by William Styron


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 1992
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73639-4 (0-679-73639-5)

In 1985 William Styron fell victim to a crippling and nearly suicidal depression. This book is his description of his descent into depression, an unprecedented account of the journey into madness. That he manages to convey its tortuous progression and his eventual recovery with such candor and precision makes this book... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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Extreme Mean
Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online
Written by Paula Todd


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Signal
On Sale: May 21, 2014
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-8403-4 (0-7710-8403-X)

“I have nobody, I need someone. My name is Amanda Todd.” Not long after she wrote this online, 16-year-old Amanda Todd killed herself, a victim of hateful and nonstop cyberbullying that followed her wherever she went. When Paula Todd (no relation) saw this, she decided to put her formidable investigative and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Eden Express
A Memoir of Insanity
Written by Mark Vonnegut
Foreword by Kurt Vonnegut


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 5, 2002
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-543-1 (1-58322-543-9)

The Eden Express describes from the inside Mark Vonnegut’s experience in the late ’60s and early ’70s–a recent college grad; in love; living communally on a farm, with a famous and doting father, cherished dog, and prized jalopy–and then the nervous breakdowns in all their slow-motion intimacy, the taste of mortality... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Wisdom of Insecurity
A Message for an Age of Anxiety
Written by Alan W. Watts


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 8, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74120-2 (0-307-74120-6)

Alan W. Watts’s “message for an age of anxiety” is as powerful today as it was when this modern classic was first published.

We spend too much time trying to anticipate and plan for the future; too much time lamenting the past. We often miss the pleasures of the moment in our... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Breaking the Patterns of Depression

Written by Michael Yapko


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: September 15, 1998
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-48370-4 (0-385-48370-8)

Twenty to thirty million Americans suffer from some form of diagnosable depression, and their ranks are growing. Psychologist Michael D. Yapko explains that in order to find relief, more than the current episode of depression must be examined.

In Breaking the Patterns of Depression, he presents skills that enable students to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Shutting Out the Sun
How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation
Written by Michael Zielenziger


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 4, 2007
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7779-3 (1-4000-7779-6)

The world's second-wealthiest country, Japan once seemed poised to overtake America as the leading global economic powerhouse. But the country failed to recover from the staggering economic collapse of the early 1990s. Today it confronts an array of disturbing social trends, notably a population of more than one million hikikomori: the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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